As a key part of our Safe Surface Temperature heating offer, Contour has developed a specialist range of guards and radiators for use in environments where an additional attention to design detail is required to ensure the safety of vulnerable people.
In mental health facilities reducing the potential for ligature points is of paramount importance. According to the Office for National Statistics, 2011, of the 4,907 deaths registered in England and Wales caused by self harm and undetermined intent, 51.7% were as a result of hanging and suffocation. In addition many times more people make the attempt at suicide than actually succeed.
As death from hanging can often occur when an individual is not fully suspended, the inspection of psychiatric wards and unit for potential ligature points should focus on fixtures and fittings at all heights. The grilles and external Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) in radiators pose particular danger. Ligature points on Contour’s anti-ligature radiator and guard ranges have therefore been identified and addressed. Anti-ligature measures on our radiator and guard solutions, include:
- Secure anti-ligature grilles – decreasing the risk of the ventilation grilles being used as ligature points. Our latest grille design exceeds the requirements of the British Standards IP3x Ingress Protection test and meets the Home Office requirements for grille designs used in custodial environments
- An anti-ligature TRV shroud has been developed – making it far more difficult to attach ligatures
- A wide range of security fixings and fasteners are available – designed to stop unauthorised personnel gaining access to inside the casing
- Internal fixings are used – preventing unauthorised removal or tampering of the casing
A separate range of products for other anti-ligature applications, such as ceiling grilles, has also been developed by Contour. Please contact us for more information on these items.
BioCote® protection – exclusive to Contour
Uniquely amongst LST and anti-ligature radiator & guard manufacturers, Contour incorporates BioCote® anti-microbial protection into the paintwork of all radiator guards as standard. This technology provides effective and permanent protection to the surface of the radiator guard, preventing the growth of harmful mirobes such as bacteria and fungi. BioCote technology protects product surfaces from microbes, helping in the fight against the spread of infection.